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Definition Edit

A computer network attack (CNA) refers to:

[a]ctions taken through the use of computer networks to disrupt, deny, degrade, or destroy information resident in computers and computer networks, or the computers and networks themselves.[1]
operations to manipulate, disrupt, deny, degrade, or destroy information resident in computers and computer networks, or the computer network itself, or to gain control over the computer or computer network.[2]

Overview Edit

"The ultimate intended effect is not necessarily on the targeted system itelf, but may support a larger effect, such as information operations or counterterrorism, e.g., altering or spoofing specific communications or gaining or delying access to adversary communications or logistics channels."[3]

"CNA relies on the data stream to execute the attack. . . . [S]sending a code or instruction to a central processing unit that causes the computer to short out the power supply is CNA."[4]

References Edit

  1. U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Pub. 1–02: DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (Nov. 8, 2010, as amended through May 15, 2011) (full-text).
  2. Harvard University, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Manual on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare 6 (May 15, 2009).
  3. Joint Terminology for Cyberspace Operations, at 3.
  4. Air Force Supplement to the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, at 34-35.

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